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Anchialine Ponds at Hilton Waikoloa Village

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Anchialine Ponds at Hilton Waikoloa Village - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT

The Anchialine Ponds facinated me when I say them, so I took a panoramic picture. I did not know what they were at the time, and now, having done a bit of reading, I do. Natural lava depressions that fill with water. Left to their own they silt up over time. It seems locally they are being replaced with the lakes and ponds of the nearby golf courses.

Anchialine Ponds at Hilton Waikoloa Village - FURTHER INFORMATION

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Panorama of the Anchialine Ponds which lie between the Hilton Waikoloa Village hotel and the Royal Waikoloan hotels. The ponds are near the border between North Kona and South Kohala districts of Hawaii.

Anchialine Ponds are formed by natural depressions in the lava that then fill with water and, over time, become a temporary and changing ecosystem. Temporary as the ponds gradually silt up over time and grow over. They are fed by freshwater springs or from percolation from the water table. In ponds near the sea, the water level rises and falls with the tide and salinity varies from fresh to saltier than sea water. Although the anchialine ponds do not have any direct connection to the ocean, somehow opae-ula (a kind of shrimp) colonized them.

These Anchialine Ponds are close to Anaehoomalu Bay, where there are numerous ancient trails and reserves. Just to the north is a walk along the Kalaeanae Coastline to Waiulua Bay.

Travel and Getting There:
Take Highway 19 north from Kailua-Kona toward the Kohala Resort Area. At the 76 Mile Marker turn left.

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